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Randolph Lopez School of Hope, Kingston, Jamaica.

Our partner school across the Atlantic!

As part of the ‘Widening Horizons Project’ with The British Council, we are one of three special schools that have completed a teacher exchange between schools in Jamaica and Birmingham.

The project aims to secure sustainable links with our partner schools for years to come. Selly Oak is partnered with ‘Randolph Lopez School of Hope’ in Kingston and in November their Principal, Sylvestina Reid, spent a week in our school taking part in teacher training, watching several of our amazing lessons and talking with staff and students about life in a Jamaican special school.

“Selly Oak is a really incredible school where it is obvious that students are at the heart. Our two schools are so alike in many ways and I know the excellent practice I have seen at Selly Oak will benefit our students back home. We are looking forward to keeping in touch with our pen pals and sharing an online gallery space to exhibit art work from Selly Oak and Randolph Lopez side by side!”

Some highlights from the exchange in November 2014.

In March 2015, James Hawkins, Assistant Head Teacher at Selly Oak, visited Randolph Lopez School of Hope and met amazing students, delivered staff training on Special Needs strategies and worked alongside staff to look for opportunities to strengthen our partnership. He was given a fantastic welcome and was treated like a member of the School of Hope family! We will be continuing to support and work with School of Hope on several projects that integrate our school curriculums, staff development and global citizenship.

Mr Hawkins with Year 11 textiles students in Jamaica showcasing their bags!

One way we are linking our students skills and talents is through our online art gallery, please feel free to take a look and leave some feedback:

http://aspireartgallery.weebly.com/

For more information about our partner school please visit the website below:

www.jaid.org.jm/schools_kingston.html